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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

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She

H. Rider Haggard

1887

2016-11-11

Finished the book She by H. Rider Haggard (1887). It's an adventure story involving an impossibly beautiful woman who had lived for thousands of years and is one of the literary origins of the phrase "she who must be obeyed." The novel is apparently a very important work in fantasy and psychology, and ranks 11 in all-time sales for non-fiction, I'd not been aware it existed.

It's written from a fairly 19th century point of view, but appears to be most intended to explore beauty, lifespan, and the morality of leadership. The great beauty of the unveiled face of she can drive men mad with lust, and the main character must debate an offer of much extended life. The character she is, from the Christian perspective of our main character, amoral and totalitarian excepting perhaps her belief in romantic love. I'm not generally much for fiction, but I think it was a good boo